I just watched this interesting 60 Minutes piece about scientists who are actually trying to determine whether we, as humans, are predisposed to being good or evil. Or, do we learn our good and bad habits from our environment. I found it pretty interesting and as a new dad, it gave me a little more insight into how The Dragon might be viewing the world around her. Check it out if you have a few minutes
- Kevin
 
A few weeks ago, Kevin posted about our dismay over President Clinton's commencement speech given at my little brother's NYU graduation. I, for one, was looking to be inspired; to be brought to my feet with applause for his words of wisdom; both on behalf of my brother who is about to embark on an exciting career in writing and also for myself.

Being at a college graduation brought back clear memories of all the hopes and expectations I had for the world that I was just waiting to burst into, and definitely, all these years later, through the highs and lows of creating our own business, I was in need of a little re-invigorating of the just-graduating kind. It turns out, I was at the wrong university commencement!

I should have been at Dartmouth College where Conan O' Brien was giving the most hilarious, honest, and wisdom-filled speech that I've heard in while. Some of his gems included discussion of Dartmouth's school motto — Vox Clamantis in Deserto (voice crying out in the wilderness) — to which he remarked, "This is easily the most pathetic school motto I've ever heard!" and his message to parents that, "If your child majored in Fine Arts or Philosophy, you have good reason to be worried: the only place they are now really qualified to get a job is Ancient Greece." Brilliant!

But all the laughter aside, he had a very wise message to share about the ever-changing journey that life takes us on and that, "it is our failure to become our perceived ideal that ultimately defines us and makes us unique." For any of us entrepreneurs who are constantly battling to define our business and our roles within that business, Conan's speech is one to both enjoy for it's outrageous humor as well as absorb for its honest inspiration. — Yun
 
Let me preface this post by saying that I am by no means an art buff. I probably couldn't tell you a Manet from a Monet, but Yun and I are art enthusiasts who enjoy checking out museums when we get the chance. So, to my great surprise, and as a result of my continuing effort to watch every TED Talk out there, I stumbled upon a presentation by Amit Sood of Google this weekend, and learned about the Google Art Project, which will make accessing some of the world's best museums a little easier (as long as you have an internet connection).

As I've mentioned previously, I'm a big Google fan. They create so many useful products and services that we use on a daily basis and most of them are free! My only "complaint" about the company is that they're doing so many different things that it's often difficult to keep up when they launch something really cool, like the Art Project. Google's new tool makes it possible for us to see over 1,000 works of art by taking a virtual tour through many (17) of the top museums around the world, including some biggies like the Tate (London), the Van Gogh Museum (Amsterdam), and The Met (NYC). Admittedly, seeing art online isn't the same as being there in person, but it's a great alternative if you don't have any frequent flyer miles lying around. Plus, using their Street View technology, the Art Project is actually able to display the works in super high-resolution. In any case, I encourage you to watch Amit Sood's presentation and then click here and check it out, I think you'll agree that Google has given us something pretty cool. - K
 
Good Morning — Happy Monday and welcome to May! We are headed into a new week, a new month, and a new season.

Before we can really talk about anything else today though, we of course need to acknowledge the biggest news of the day....Osama Bin Laden is dead!! While we are definitely not reporters nor a journalistic blog in any way, we obviously could not ignore a mention of such important news and post a link to the New York Times “obituary” for this long sought-after enemy:

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Historically, the world of education has not been a bastion of innovation and has been slow to adopt change. However, more recently, the struggles of the U.S. school system have come into greater focus and catalyzed many leading thinkers (i.e. Bill Gates) from outside the education universe to become involved. This intensified focus by those assessing the situation from an outsider's point of view had led to some exciting changes and advancements, which gives some of us renewed hope for the future of education in America.

One of the bright minds that has come to the fore is Salman Khan. Two years ago he posted a few math tutorials on YouTube to help his cousins. The videos created a viral following, and now he is one of the leading faces working with school districts to innovate how math and science instruction is being administered in the classroom. I was excited to learn about the work that the Khan Academy is doing and believe that education will be in a better place if we continue in this direction of embracing new models for instruction. 

You can read more about Khan and his academy in this recent Fast Company article.

Also, check out Salman Kahn's TED talk below. I think you will find it very interesting. — Kevin
 
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Morgan Spurlock, the documentary filmmaker best known for his movie, Super Size Me, that explores the dangers of fast food, is about to create a whole lot more conversation with his latest film Pom Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, with limited release starting today.

Spurlock was recently featured in the April edition of Fast Company (the greatest magazine, in my opinion!) talking about the movie and its focus on how brand sponsorship permeates every part of our daily existence...but the article itself, echoing the movie, exemplifies Spurlock’s mission by focusing on the sponsorship of the piece itself. Definitely makes for an interesting story, and I’m sure an even more intriguing movie. I can’t wait to check it out myself! — Yun

(ps- I've added his entertaining TED Talk on the KandY Shoppe too!)